How Do You Track Your Craft Stamp Inventory?
Why a craft stamp inventory? Well because one common pain point of crafting is knowing what you have on hand. The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” comes into play with supplies such as stamps.
The two main types of stamps are wood stamps, where the rubber stamp is affixed to a wooden block, and acrylic stamps that aren’t attached to any kind of block. My wood stamps are stored on stamp shelves hanging on my wall so they aren’t really out of sight. However, my acrylic stamps are stored in plastic CD cases in a drawer. So it’s easy for me to forget that I have them and almost impossible to remember which ones I have exactly.
My stamps are rarely used for this reason. I’ve also found sets of stamps that I have multiples of because I loved the stamp set but forgot that I had already purchased it. So once again, I find myself buying duplicates. For these reasons, I knew that my Craft Inventory Binder definitely needed to have a Craft Stamp Inventory section.
Fair warning though, this was one of the most frustrating sections to create because of how many steps it took to create it…and how many stamps I had on hand. Each of the CD cases in that drawer has anywhere between 3 and 10 stamps in it because most of them came in a set.
Like the Paint section, the divider for the section was made with a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit. I cut the paper down to 5 7/8 in. to 8 3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.
I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.
I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.
In order to get the divider tab, I used the ancestry.com paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab. The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.
I stamped the word Stamps on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.
I also used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page. The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets.
The actual inventory sheets for this section were super simple to create. I took a blank piece of printer paper and folded it in half to fit my mini binder. Then I stamped the name of the manufacturer at the top of the page.
I used various colors of ink for various manufacturers and simply used the actual stamps to stamp it’s image on the craft stamp inventory sheet. This serves two purposes for me:
- It allows me to see what the stamp will look like on paper. So while I’m working on any given project, I can page through my inventory sheets to see what stamp images I have available for the project.
- It allows me to double check my inventory while I’m at the store looking to purchase new stamps. As long as I have my binder with me, I can check the craft stamp inventory section to determine what I already have on hand.
Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration. I just have to remember to take the Inventory Binder with me when I’m headed to the craft stores.
I hope this post was helpful to you all as you work on your own organization. This is yet another small step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting.